Permian Climate Bomb

Report: Oil production in the Permian Basin expected to increase 50% over the next decade

November 9, 2021
El Paso, TX — Oil Change International, Earthworks, and the Center for International Environmental Law today released the second chapter of the The Permian Basin Climate Bomb report series, centering on the Permian’s climate impact. The latest installment exposes the… More »

The Global Methane Pledge: bold words on cutting methane emissions must be matched with bold actions

November 2, 2021
Background: The Global Methane Pledge has successfully brought many of the world’s nations together to recognize the climate harm of methane gas pollution and set targets for reducing emissions. Just a few months ago the IPCC released its 6th assessment… More »

Biden methane rules are important, climate ‘code-red’ demands no exemptions

November 2, 2021
BACKGROUND: On Day 1 President Biden ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to write new rules to curb methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Today, the EPA released two proposed standards for methane pollution from new and existing sources… More »

Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, September 2021

October 26, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
A Reality Check   In early September we conducted fieldwork in the Front Range on 2-3 and 9-11 September. We investigated 57 oil and gas facilities, including well pads that are currently drilling or fracking, low-producing stripper well facilities, and… More »

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Governor Wolf has an oil and gas problem.

September 29, 2021 • Melissa Ostroff
One need look no further than the fifth iteration of Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan released last week to find proof of Governor Wolf’s dangerous relationship with the oil and gas industry.  This year, the UN IPCC has come out sounding… More »

Governor Wolf’s climate plan falls short

September 22, 2021
Background: Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) made public Governor Tom Wolf’s 2021 Climate Action Plan. This announcement comes amid increasing criticism of the Governor for inadequate climate policies to date that fall short of what is necessary to protect health… More »

Texas flaring: a response to the Railroad Commission

August 23, 2021 • Jack McDonald
Texas Flaring: a comprehensive government failure; what the Railroad Commission fails to track, it can’t govern has forced a reaction from regulators and industry by finding that 69-84% of Texas methane flares are unpermitted. That reaction: the unpermitted flares our… More »

Report: 69-84% of Texas methane flares are unpermitted

August 19, 2021
Released today by the environmental watchdog Earthworks and endorsed by Environment Texas and the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, Flaring in Texas: a comprehensive government failure — What the Railroad Commission doesn’t track, it can’t govern, compares directly observed flares from… More »